UT Law Internship Program with the UN/International Labour Organisation

The University of Texas School of Law is partnering with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Standards Department in Geneva, Switzerland to create a Summer 2014 Internship, which will provide an opportunity for a UT Law second-year student to:

  • Increase the understanding of relevant international legal issues through direct participation in the work of the International Labour Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;
  • Carry out legal research and draft legal comments examining the application of international labour standards in the national legislation and policies of other countries; and
  • Gain practical work experience with a UN agency.

The intern will assist in the work of the International Labour Office, the legal Secretariat of the ILO.  In so doing, the intern will examine the implementation of ratified Conventions in various national legislations and will draft and apply international labour standards.

Intern projects involve legal research and writing concerning the application of international law (in particular, international organization law) and general principles of law across the various subject matters above, including labor, contracts and administrative law.  Interns will also participate in staff meetings and other regular activities of the Office, and will be requested to present research findings for internal Office discussion.

The internship will be for a minimum of three months and includes an $8,000 stipend. Must be proficient in either Spanish or French. Applicants will be expected to exhibit their language ability during a telephone interview.

How to Apply for the UN/International Labour Organisation Internship
Qualified 2Ls should submit the following via email to Nicole Simmons, Director of Public Service Programs, at cso@law.utexas.edu by noon on Monday, November 4, 2013.

Cover letter describing your interest in the programme and addressing your language skills. Please address your cover letter to:

Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry
Officer-in-Charge of the Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Sector
International Labour Office
Route des Morillons 4
CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland

Resume/CV indicating language ability. Please tailor your resume to an international job (rather than a domestic  internship).
Unofficial law school transcript.
List of three references with at least one being a UT Law faculty member.

Please only apply if you are willing to accept to participate in the internship. Agreeing to serve as an intern is a serious commitment to the ILO and to the Law School. We expect students who are nominated to participate and fulfill all of the requirements of the internship.

Selection Process
A review committee comprised of UT Law faculty and staff will evaluate the applications and select two to three finalists for nomination to the ILO. Selected finalists will then complete the formal application process as needed by the ILO. The ILO will identify and notify the selected student in early 2014.